"AN APPEAL TO CONTACTS IN INDIA TO EXPRESS COMPASSION BY CONTACTING THE SRI LANKAN AUTHORITIES FOR THE RESPECT OF HUMANITARIAN LAW
Sri Lanka : The Last Round ?
With the Sri Lankan government troops closing in to the remaining…"
"Dear Mr. Thapa
It looks very interesting!
Education,Conflict and Social Cohesion, Edited by Sobhi Tawil and Alexandra Harley
Published by Internationa Bureau of Education would be a good refrence book for the topic.I will suggest some more books…"
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I did M.A. with Political Science ,B.Ed,M.Ed,M.Phil and persuing Ph.D from University of Delhi on Children and school under transition- A study of Nepal along with working with Save the Children,India as National Manager-Education.
I frquently writes on children , violance and education for national news papers and journals.
Currently residing in Delhi after working in three states (U.P,M.P,Gugarat) of the country.
Please list the countries and/or regions in which you (or your organization) have direct and significant expertise
What is your current country of residence (or location of your organization)?
What is your current job (and organization) and/or where and what field are you studying?
National Manager-Education and persuing Ph.D. on children and school of Nepal.
How many years professional experience do you have ?
Which are your primary sectoral areas of expertise (or the primary sectoral areas of your organization) ?
Which are your primary skills areas(or the primary skill areas of your organization)?
Advocacy, Capacity Building, Research, Training
What are some of your current areas of research (if any)?
Children under conflict.
Quality of learning in the schools
If appropriate feel free to list several of your (or your organization's) publications
•Article“School kids pay the price for strife in Lanka’ appeared in Sahara Times,
June 24-30 June, 2007, Delhi.
•Article appeared on ‘Technology for Common People’,Sahara Times, Oct, 28- 03 Nov,2006 Delhi
•Article appeared on ‘Children and Armed Conflict’December10-16 2005, Sahara Times,Delhi.
Article appeared on learning through informal ways, ‘Siksha-Vimarsh’ an educational journalin Hindi, Published by Digantar, Jaipur-Rajasthan, November, 2004.India
•Article published on empowering girls through Basic Education, ‘Siksha-Vimarsh’ January, 2005.India
•Article appeared on school library in ‘Samvet-10’ an official publication of Education for All (Sarva Siksha Abhiyan-Utter Pradesh) Lucknow, February, 2005.India
•Two write-ups published in Palash- Official publication of Education for All (Sarva Siksha Abhiyan, Bhopal,)June-July, 2006 and December-January, 2007 India
AN APPEAL TO CONTACTS IN INDIA TO EXPRESS COMPASSION BY CONTACTING THE SRI LANKAN AUTHORITIES FOR THE RESPECT OF HUMANITARIAN LAW
Sri Lanka : The Last Round ?
With the Sri Lankan government troops closing in to the remaining Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) stronghold, it looks as if this is the last round of a military struggle that began in 1983 but whose roots go back at least to independence in 1948. The ongoing conflict between the Sinhala and the Tamils that has ebbed and flowed derives its emotional force, in part, from competing beliefs that began during the colonial period about legitimate rule, economic wellbeing, and sacred authority.
The Office to the United Nations, Geneva, Association of World Citizens has had a long-standing concern with the conflict in Sri Lanka and has made frequent calls for good-faith negotiations on the political and administrative structure of the State. I had thought that reason would win out over the irrational drive to settle complicated issues of social-political structures through armed violence. I seem to have been wrong since both the government and the LTTE gave up negotiations in exchange for a military ‘solution’. A military victory seems now possible for the government forces.
There are two short-term dangers. There are some 200,000 people trapped between the LTTE militias and the government troops. There have been appeals from the United Nations and the International Committee of the Red Cross for a cease-fire so that civilians, especially the sick and wounded, can leave the fighting area. As this is being written (11 Feb. 2009), there is no cease-fire and none seems in view.
There have been calls from the Government to the LTTE leadership to lay down their arms and end the fighting. Again, this is a logical possibility, but given past LTTE willingness to fight to the bitter end, a massive rendition seems unlikely. Thus, there may be a heavy loss of life of those caught in the cross-fire.
The second danger is revenge killings on a large scale. The Tamil-Sinhalese conflict has been extremely bitter. Many families in both communities have lost kin. Although binding up the wounds of war should be the first priority, there is always a danger that revenge killings take place. Logically, the establishment of social cohesion — that is, an ongoing process of developing a community of shared values and opportunities based on a sense of trust, hope and reciprocity — should be the prime aim of government policy. However, there are small groups of violent individuals who may be ready to kill for revenge or to get rid of rivals.
Therefore, the Office to the UN, Geneva, of the Association of World Citizens has sent a three-point appeal to the President of Sri Lanka, Mr Mahinda Rajapaksa:
1) calling for the respect of international humanitarian law as expressed in the Red Cross Geneva Conventions;
2) appealing for the protection of all civilians both during the on-going conflict and especially in the period following the end of armed conflict during which there is a danger of revenge killings. We are sure that Sri Lanka will respect universally-recognized human rights standards;
3) appealing further that serious consultations on the governmental and administrative structures of the State be undertaken so as to facilitate national unity based on the respect of individual views and aspirations.
Wide support for these three aims would be welcome. Letters could be sent to the Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations in New York:
H.E. H.M.G.S. Palikakkara
Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka
630 Third Ave.
New York, NY 10017, USA
Rene Wadlow, Representative to the United Nations, Geneva, Association of World Citizens
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Thank you. I would certainty assist you to find suitable persons for your works. Most probably I will be also in Nepal during your visit. Please drop me an email at mrpushkar(at) yahoo.com with the little background that what types of people or institution you want to meet or visit in Nepal. Thank you. See you.
I highly recommend the online courses offered by Transcend Peace University. I haven't taken the courses myself, but I highly respect Johan Galtung, and he and Transcend are extremely respected in the field of peace studies. Here is a link to their online courses: http://tpu.transcend.org/ and http://www.transcend.org/tpu/courses.shtml
I believe these are long, semester-length courses and there are fees required to take them.
You could also try shorter, free internet courses offered by the United States Institute of Peace:
Otherwise I am not familiar with many online courses in peace education.
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